Teen D.R.I.V.E. (Distracted Reality an Interactive Virtual Education) is a program that teaches high school-age teens about the risks associated with distracted driving through the first person experience.
The Teen D.R.I.V.E. exhibit is a 44-foot vehicle housing two driving simulators—complete with computer screens, steering wheels and seats—that mimic the interior of a car. Teen D.R.I.V.E., which is funded by a generous grant from Allstate, travels to high schools throughout Massachusetts to teach students about the dangers of making poor driving decisions such as texting, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and peer distractions. The simulation experience gives students the tools to make better and more responsible decisions in real life.
Our goals are to teach the message of vehicle safety by
More than 500 teens have experienced Teen D.R.I.V.E. at various schools and venues across the state.
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- Providing an interactive driving simulator experience that addresses distractions such as texting, phones, peers, and alcohol use.
- Involving teens through a peer-to- peer campaign to be held at participating high schools.
- Measuring the impact of a simulated driving experience on teen's attitudes about their perceived driving skills in a variety of situations through a survey administered before and after the simulation.